Visiting Scholar Kris Hege (GGI-IMA ’15)

Kris HegeKris Hege spent several days with us during GGI’s Fall 2019 residency. Her Visiting Scholar keynote and her workshop explored controversial conversations on campuses, which dovetailed perfectly with the residency theme, “Why Beliefs Matter.”  Listen to Kris’s conversation with Tonio Epstein on Magical Mystery Tour here.

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Tim Simmons (IMA ’18): Spring 2019 Commencement Speaker

“You have made tiny steps towards truth, towards making meaning out of your world, and your embodied experience will be a mirror for the rest of us, so that we can transcend our moment, so that we can learn from you, so that we can see the sunrise too, and jam along with you until the sun hits the highest point in the sky.”11050306_10206098616163101_1428131764628501806_n

Read Tim’s moving speech here: Tim Simmons Goddard Graduation Talk.

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Odale Cress: The Care Package Story Project

CarePackageShelburneNewsIndividualized MA student, Odale Cress, is garnering a lot of well-deserved attention with her traveling exhibit, The Care Package Story Project.

Photographs of care packages depict stories about military life and show the diverse cultures that comprise the US Armed Forces.

Check out this piece in The Shelburne News: Handle with care: Military care package art project illuminates diversity within the ranks



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Hunger Pangs and Bio-Navigating the Counter-Intuitive Food System with Jennifer Arlia

Jennifer Arlia and passion fruit

Jennifer Arlia and passion fruit

Jennifer Arlia writes in her thesis, “I love to eat. But anyone who knows me, even if just for an hour, knows this.” Food, an intricate part of culture and identity, especially since for Jennifer, who is part of an Italian family, but she also suffered from food allergies, some  triggered by the very foods that was part and parcel of her daily life and Italian heritage.

Her experience led her to study what it means to eat intuitively for health and

One of Jennifer's portraits of dinner with her happy reflection

One of Jennifer’s portraits of dinner with her happy reflection

life. At the same time, she was was also drawn toward her roots as a visual artist, particularly as a photographer. What do do with all she wrote, read, researched, and photographed? She found her answer in creating a website for her thesis project, Hunger Pants: Bio-Navigating the Counter-Intuitive Food System.

Her website explores three major interdisciplinary areas related to her topic, which she nicknames ComFet (Commodity Fetishism related to food), MoPro (Modes of Production, Skill and Food Origins), and Intuit (Intuitive Perception related to eating). Throughout her thesis, she interweaves slide shows of her startling and vivid photography, occasional recipes for dishes such as “Chicken Soul Soup,” and ample research combined with life expeirence. She also shares her bibliography and annotated bibliography, and thoughtful reflection on writing her thesis. In her powerful photo essay, “Life and Death on the Farm,” she writes:

Another of Jennifer's photos

Another of Jennifer’s photos


The farm, also true for other platforms in nature, takes on a broad spectrum of life and death. It is utilitarian and functional, giving to while being part of the wider ecosystem. It is a set of unwritten rules, formed out of systematic (and aesthetic) relationships. Basking in the sunlight or shrouded in fog, the allure of the farm stems from its declaration of life – erotic, vibrant, sentient – and its welcoming of death.

See Jennifer’s whole project right here.

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Rewriting Our Personal Mythologies with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, acting program director and founder of Transformative Language Arts, talks about how students at Goddard often rewrite their personal mythologies. Watch this short video, part of a new series filmed by Alexander Love, based on interviews with GGI students and faculty.

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The Language of Our True Work with Students Britta Love and Seema Reza

Current students Seema Reza and Britta Love talk about finding the language to articulate their work in the world. Watch these short videos, part of a new series filmed by Alexander Love, based on interviews with GGI students and faculty.

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Social Innovation: Disrupting Paradigms by SIS Faculty Sarah Bobrow-Williams

The white policeman..finds himself at the very center of the revolution

now occurring in the world. He is not prepared for it – naturally, nobody is -and what is possibly much more to the point, he is exposed, as few white

people are, to the anguish of the black people around him…….

James Baldwin, Esquire, 1960

What is social innovation? What is sustainability? And, who gets to decide? These questions weave their way through our “SIS” conversations.

Sustainability is about negotiating balance so that neither human or natural life is compromised. When we veer away from the affirmation of life in our systems, be they social or natural, multiple points suffer downstream. According to Donella meadows, nature teaches us that the most awe inspiring intervention in a system is its inherent capacity to transform itself. Meadows likewise proposes that the most powerful leverage point in transforming social systems is disrupting paradigms.

I find myself asking, “what will it take to disrupt a paradigm that upholds the notion that the systemic gunning down of unarmed black men by state sanctioned guardians is justifiable?” It will take nothing short of embracing “Black Lives.” Hopefully the surfacing of “Black Lives Matter” is an indication of our inherent capacity to transform ourselves.

The capacity to transform ourselves, whether we call it social innovation, sustainability or disrupting paradigms, requires openness – a willingness to connect and integrate insights outside of ourselves. Openness is not simply about acceptance, it is about breaking down our immunity and allowing ourselves to engage from the very core of our beings in creative possibility. It is in this space of rawness, and vulnerability and in the spirit of connection, where the possibility for building new relationships and discovering innovative and sustainable ways of doing things emerge.

In what can be termed “the practice of social innovation” there is important work going on around how to facilitate genuine engagement that leads to sustainability – strengthening our capacity for connection and resilience. In the next SIS blog we will hear from Rania Campbell-Cobb,  a 3rd semester SIS student and the recent recipient of Goddard College’s Sustainability Entrepreneurs’ Grant. Rania is the founder of Cloud 9, a non-profit partnership that engages local residents, youth, and a core group of unlikely allies in urban rooftop gardening as a means of nurturing connections essential to re-envisioning new ways of living and being in community.

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